Health & Fit How to Save Money on (Good) Coffee
Light roast versus dark roast coffee: Understanding different types of coffee
With lots of people now brewing their own coffee at home, it's time to start understanding different types of coffee, including the biggest question: What's the difference between light roast and dark roast?Maybe that has meant finally investing in a good drip coffee maker or coffee grinder, or understanding the many coffee trends out there — dalgona coffee, frozen coffee, gold coffee, gourmet delivered coffee and more.
Look, if coffee is one of the small daily habits that brings you true joy, we’re not here to tell you to cut back or spend less. The cliché that money spent on avocado toast and lattes is what’s holding you back from being a millionaire. So drink what you enjoy, and pay for the “best” coffee you can afford.
But if you are looking to save a buck or two on your coffee habit, here are a few ways to keep the quality high and the cost a little lower.
Brew at home
If you’re going out for coffee on most mornings, first, thank you for supporting local businesses. But this can add up quickly, especially if you’re ordering espresso drinks more often than you are drip coffee. While brewing at home may involve an initial investment in equipment as well as ongoing bean purchases,.
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Commodity If coffee is black gold, then there’s been a Gold Rush in the past 15 years, with specialty coffee powers descending on LA from across the US. Homegrown coffee companies have also stepped up, with some developing chains that source world-class coffee while others roast their own beans in-town. In many cases, Angelenos have benefited. Of course, the COVID-19 crisis has changed how people interact with coffee bars. Marathon laptop sessions are limited to outdoor seats, and regulars can no longer belly up to the bar to chat with their favorite baristas. Still, coffeehouses hold a treasured place in communities.
It’s really nice to have someone else make coffee for you on occasion, though, so no need to cut out your coffee shop visits entirely.
Buy whole beans in larger bags
Whole coffee beans begin to get stale almost immediately when exposed to air, so you’re up against the clock as soon as you open a new bag. This is even more pronounced with grounds, which is why it’s generally recommended that you grind only what you need right before you brew.
If you want the freshest coffee but also want to save money, always buy whole beans and grind them by the cup. This will keep you from tossing stale grounds or dreading the last few days before you get a new bag.
If you go through 12-16 oz. bags quickly—either you drink a lot of coffee or you’re brewing for several people—consider buying in larger quantities. Some roasters will sell really good beans in multi-pound bags at a slight discount per ounce. Store them in an airtight container or jar to keep them as fresh as possible.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are officially back at Starbucks
Fall may not be here officially yet, but it may as well be. For the 17th year in a row, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks to make this season a little sweeter and a whole lot (pumpkin) spicier. Starting today, Aug. 25, your favorite autumnal flavors are back at all participating Starbucks locations. Coronavirus Coffee Trends During Quarantine The pumpkin spice latte will have the same flavors you know and love: steamed milk and espresso blended with the comforting essences of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. You can order it hot, iced or blended and topped with whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spices.
Use a scale to weigh out your beans instead of relying on scoops. This ensures you get the right ratio of grounds to water without waste. While you’re at it, clean your grinder regularly. This may save only pennies here and there, but that can add up over time.
Drink blends instead of single origins
Single-origin coffees, which come from a specific farm or region, are generallybecause the beans are available only at certain times of the year. Some people prefer single-origin because the flavor may be more distinct, but blends of high-quality beans can be just as tasty. This can save you a few dollars per bag, which, again, adds up over time.
Use cheaper beans for milky drinks
If you’re making lattes or adding lots of sweetener or syrup to your coffee, you can probably get away with less expensive beans since the flavor will be masked by milk, cream, or sugar.
Look for subscription discounts
Some individual coffee roasters offer deals if you set up recurring whole-bean orders. There are also a number ofthat source from different roasters at a small discount. You may also find deals on social media or roasters’ websites, particularly if you’re a first-time customer.
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